Anya Taylor-Joy, if you’re unaware, is an up and rising actress that truly exploded onto the Hollywood scene within the past couple of years. I was unfamiliar with her and her work until I watched her star in the television series The Queen’s Gambit, and because I have a bit of a girl crush on her as a result, I wanted to do some reading and learn more about this incredibly talented lady.
Anya is 25, and while she was born in Miami, Florida, she is of Argentinean and U.K. descent. According to her Wikipedia Page, she is the daughter of “Dennis Alan Taylor, a former banker, who was awarded an MBE and the OBE, and Jennifer Marina Joy, a psychologist. Taylor-Joy has stated that her birth in Miami was a ‘fluke’ as her parents had simply been on vacation in the city at the time; however, because of her birthplace she holds United States citizenship due to the country’s jus soli nationality law.”
“Taylor-Joy lived with her family in Buenos Aires and attended Northlands School until age six, when the family relocated to the Victoria area of London. She is fluent in both Spanish and English and holds triple British, American, and Argentine citizenship. Taylor-Joy experienced the move as ‘traumatic’ and refused to learn English in hopes of moving back to Argentina. She was educated at Hill House and attended Queen’s Gate School, acting in school productions. She dropped out of school at the age of 16, citing bullying from her classmates as the reason,” the web page says.
Anya has done some pretty big roles in both television and film, and it isn’t difficult to understand why. She brings something new and refreshing to the table with her soft-spoken voice and stunning appearance, and I remember being a little awe-struck the first time I saw her on-screen, playing Beth in The Queen’s Gambit.